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Join The Jones on the sonic journey that is The Overdose Olympics!

On today’s show, TBJ recaps the final day of the men’s Olympic basketball preliminary pool play in London. Topics include: Team USA’s love of the three-pointer, Chris Paul’s insane pass, a spicy Argentinean squad, Patty Millions’ game-winner, and Wednesday’s four do-or-die quarterfinal matches.

All that, plus an Aussie-American bet, cold toes, Usain Bolt, David Blatt/Blaine, stupid horses, and our least favorite Summer Olympics event.

So give your eyes a rest, and embrace this audio explosion.


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I’ve been living in Canada for less than a year, so I’m still getting a hang of all the nuances to residence in a super chill country. One of those things is a day like today, where something so transparent that it is literally called Civic Holiday exists solely as a reason for a long weekend. In the spirit of every Illinois kid’s favorite made-up holiday, Casimir Pulaski Day, it’s totally fine with me.

As such, things are going to be slow around these parts today. We’ll still have some posts trickle out — and we’re recording a podcast after Team USA’s game tonight — but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for our regularly scheduled blogging.

In the meantime, enjoy this clip of Patty Mills hitting a buzzer-beating three to beat Russia, who were leading their preliminary group. It’s the best Civic Holiday present Leigh could ever hope for and I’m sure you’ll like it too.

Yesterday and this morning, we all saw with our own two eyes — or one, no offense pirates/cyclopes — James Harden getting crossed over by Nigerian point guard Tony Skinn. In an 83-point game, it was the only non-uniform related blemish on Team USA’s victory. Not a big deal, just kind of funny.

Except now James Harden is trying to say he didn’t get crossed over when he totally did. Check out this interaction he had with J.R. Smith on Twitter, a microblogging service.

There is an old saying — a good craftsman never blames his tools — that seems pretty applicable here. In fact, you could even expand it to say “A good craftsman never blames his tools or what he is standing on” and it would still make a lot of sense.

Plus, there is this other old saying that goes something like, “Nice try. We saw you get crossed over, man. We have the tape.” It is VERY applicable here.

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Sure, Team USA squeaked by Nigeria with an 83-point victory filled with so many three-pointers that it wouldn’t surprise me if scorekeepers actually couldn’t keep track of how many they made and just decided on “I don’t know … 29?” at the end of the game. But that doesn’t mean everything went 100 percent according to plan. In fact, I’ve found two very glaring mistakes that need to be addressed if the United States hopes to medal in men’s Olympic basketball.

The first, as you can see, is quite obvious to the naked eye — James Harden got his ankles broken and a three-pointer in his face by Nigerian point guard Tony Skinn. I’m guessing his teammates will probably have something to say about this.

The second mistake is a lot more subtle. See if you can pick it up.

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Join The Jones on the sonic journey that is The Overdose Olympics!

On today’s show, TBJ recaps the third day of the men’s Olympic basketball in London, England. Topics include: the American’s record shattering game, Great Britain’s near-upset of Spain, Russia’s game-winning “scissor kick”, and the hard-charging heroics of Australia’s Patty Mills.

All that, plus North Korean propaganda, Counting Crows, Phelps-Lochte beef, one-night stands, and an explanation of how jeans ended the Cold War.

So give your eyes a rest, and embrace this audio explosion.


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I’m just going to go ahead and assume Vitaliy Fridzon has been on the Spurs’ radar for about 10 years and they’re already working on bringing him over for some last-second threes. It’s just a hunch, but I think we can all agree that’s the most logical assumption.

Also, and-one. Also, sorry for spoiling the ending if you were waiting to watch this during primetime, but not really.

That right there is Tyson Gay and his eyebrows, the United States’ best sprinter, completely zonked out and #GotEm’d during Team USA’s opening game blowout against France. Or as teammate Tony McQuay, the dude who snapped the picture, put it:

Went to the USA vs France basketball game today and my bro @TysonLGay fell asleep. Got him with the bunny ears!

Or as Tyson Gay put it, while talking to the Associated Press:

“He got me pretty good,” Gay said.

I guess this is what happens when a) the game ends up as a 27-point win for the team everyone was expecting to win and b) you’re used to competing for less than 10 seconds. I mean, when your matches usually last less than Vin Diesel racing Paul Walker, it is probably hard to stay awake for 40 whole minutes of basketball, especially with the stoppages in play. Not to mention, none of the guys on the court looks like they’re running so fast that their legs are a blur, so I can see how basketball wouldn’t be that exciting for a sprinter.

To get their revenge, the entire United States basketball team needs to go to a Tyson Gay’s 100m final and do this exact same thing. Sure, they’ll completely miss the Olympics’ signature track and field event, but at least they will have made their point.

(via Fourth-Place Medal)